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Less than a third of developers take responsibility for security

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When it comes to security (opens in new tab), developers are saying one thing but doing another, according to a new study from MongoDB.

The survey found while almost all developers (92 percent) and IT decision-makers (88 percent) say they take the necessary steps to secure newly built applications, less than a third (29 percent) actually take full responsibility.

The rest consider it to be a problem for security specialists, business leaders, and ops teams.

So, if they’re not focused on security, what are developers focused on? Software compatibility (38 per cent) and ease of use (36 per cent), it seems.

For Joe Drumgoole, Director of Developer Relations at MongoDB, DevSecOps is a way “to reconcile strong security with speed”.

“There is no security (opens in new tab) without first having functionality, so the responsibility should be naturally distributed across different organisations. Where companies are at risk is the battle of control and convenience taking place,” adds Drumgoole.

MongoDB’s CISO, Lena Smart, added that DevSecOps is a great way to increase the visibility and better understand how resources are being spent across the enterprise.

“It should become and remain a key part of an organisation’s development strategy,” she concluded.

DevSecOps is considered a natural evolution of DevOps, where security foundations are being built into DevOps initiatives.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.